Job Posting: Advocacy Director (Nairobi Office), Africa Division‏

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					(Please Post: December 21, 2011)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
                                                                                  FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY
New York, NY 10118-3299
Tel:       212-290-4700
                                                                                     Advocacy Director
Fax:       212-736-1300                                                                  Africa Division
Fax:       917-591-3452
                                                                                    (Nairobi Office preferred)
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director                                               Application Deadline: January 21, 2012
Michele Alexander, Deputy Executive Director, Development and
Global initiatives
Carroll Bogert, Deputy Executive Director, External Relations
Jan Egeland, Deputy Executive Director, Europe
Iain Levine, Deputy Executive Director, Program
Chuck Lustig, Deputy Executive Director, Operations

Walid Ayoub, Information Technology Director
                                                                Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the
Emma Daly, Communications Director                                                  position of Advocacy Director.
Barbara Guglielmo, Finance and Administration Director
Peggy Hicks, Global Advocacy Director
Babatunde Olugboji, Deputy Program Director
Dinah PoKempner, General Counsel                                Description:
Tom Porteous, Deputy Program Director
James Ross, Legal and Policy Director
Joe Saunders, Deputy Program Director
Frances Sinha, Human Resources Director
                                                                The Africa Advocacy Director is the chief advocacy strategist for HRW’s work in
Program Directors                                               the sub-Saharan Africa region. He or she is responsible for ensuring the
Brad Adams, Asia                                                highest standards of quality and effectiveness for HRW’s diverse advocacy
Joseph Amon, Health and Human Rights
Daniel Bekele, Africa                                           efforts and works both with Africa Division staff as well as the Global advocacy
John Biaggi, International Film Festival
Peter Bouckaert, Emergencies                                    team of core advocates in the organization to design and implement strategies
Richard Dicker, International Justice
Bill Frelick, Refugee Policy
                                                                to promote and protect human rights in Africa. The Advocacy Director helps to
Arvind Ganesan, Business and Human Rights                       conceptualize, design and implement strategies for transforming HRW's
Liesl Gerntholtz, Women’s Rights
Steve Goose, Arms                                               investigations and reports into concrete improvements in human rights policies
Alison Parker, United States
Graeme Reid, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights      and practices by enlisting the support of all possible allies including
José Miguel Vivanco, Americas
Lois Whitman, Children’s Rights
                                                                governments, international and regional institutions with particular emphasis
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa
Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia
                                                                on the African Union and sub-regional bodies, private and non-state actors,
Advocacy Directors
                                                                colleague organizations, media, and the general public. He or she also helps
Philippe Bolopion, United Nations                               to shape HRW’s research agenda by identifying opportunities for impact. In
Kanae Doi, Japan
Jean-Marie Fardeau, France                                      addition, the Advocacy Director is a key organizational spokesperson, among
Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia
Lotte Leicht, European Union
                                                                those who represent the Africa Division before government officials,
Tom Malinowski, Washington DC
David Mepham, United Kingdom
                                                                international agencies, media and the public. The Advocacy Director is a
Wenzel Michalski, Germany                                       member of HRW’s Africa Division staff and will preferably be based in the
Juliette de Rivero, Geneva
                                                                Nairobi office with frequent travels both in the region and outside of the region.
Board of Directors
James F. Hoge, Jr., Chair
Susan Manilow, Vice-Chair
Joel Motley, Vice-Chair
                                                                More specific essential responsibilities include:
Sid Sheinberg, Vice-Chair
John J. Studzinski, Vice-Chair
Hassan Elmasry, Treasurer                                          1. Serve as one of the key spokesperson and advocate for Human Rights
Bruce Rabb, Secretary
Karen Ackman                                                    Watch on Africa;
Jorge Castañeda
Tony Elliott
Michael G. Fisch
Michael E. Gellert
                                                                    2. Work closely with researchers in the Africa division from the selection of
Hina Jilani
Betsy Karel
                                                                research projects to the design and implementation level to ensure that an
Wendy Keys
Robert Kissane                                                  effective advocacy strategy is part of the research project as well as develop
                                                                and implement advocacy strategies on the full range of issues addressed by
Oki Matsumoto
Barry Meyer
Pat Mitchell
Aoife O’Brien                                                   HRW in Africa;
Joan R. Platt
Amy Rao
Neil Rimer                                                          3. Present research findings on human rights violations in Africa and
Victoria Riskin
Amy L. Robbins                                                  recommendations for advocacy targets including government offices,
Shelley Rubin
Kevin P. Ryan                                                   international/regional institutions, media and general public;
Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber
Javier Solana
Siri Stolt-Nielsen
Darian W. Swig
                                                                    4. Establish and maintain regular contacts and effective working
John R. Taylor                                                  relationship with relevant government officials from around the world, relevant
Marie Warburg
Catherine Zennström                                             staff of international/regional institutions, (particularly with AU, its organs and
Robert L. Bernstein, Founding Chair, (1979-1997)                sub-regional organizations), members of the media, and other important
Jonathan F. Fanton, Chair (1998-2003)
Jane Olson, Chair (2004-2010)                                   actors;
   5. Keep abreast of policy developments, gathering relevant information and provide a timely
      synthesis and analysis on policy developments as well as advise on emerging advocacy
      opportunities on the continent and elsewhere;

   6. Prepare advocacy materials such as press releases, op-eds, campaign materials and other
      relevant advocacy documentations;

   7. Work closely with international, national and local civil society organizations and activists
      including human rights organizations through formal and informal coalitions and

   8. Ensure organization-wide coordination to develop advocacy strategies and activities;

   9. Perform other duties as required.

Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, or social
science is required.
Experience:     Minimum 7 years of direct experience in nongovernmental organizations,
intergovernmental organizations, or governments working to influence policy on human rights in

Required Skills and Knowledge:
   1. Senior level advocacy experience and knowledge of policymaking in Africa.

   2. Extensive knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa and its human rights issues.

   3. Experience designing and implementing successful advocacy initiatives.

   4. Ability to defend and explain complex issues and positions to governmental and
      intergovernmental bodies as well as to media and staff.

   5. A track record of dealing with the media, including experience with media interviews as well
      as cultivating and maintaining relationships with key journalists.

   6. Demonstrated ability to think creatively, strategically, and quickly.

   7. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and proficiency in French is
      strongly desirable; proficiency in another language is an added value.

   8. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues and the capacity to
      master and represent the mission and programs of HRW.

   9. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with local
      partners, government officials, and external partners.
    10. Capacity to appropriately plan and prioritize and to manage multiple, sometimes competing,
        demands efficiently in a challenging, fast-paced, pressured environment.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and
employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in
obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to

PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY by emailing in a single submission a letter of interest describing your
experience, your resume, salary requirements, names and contact details for references, copy of
your transcript(s) and/or degree certificate(s), and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no
later than January 21, 2012 to Please use “Africa Advocacy Director Ref AFR-11-
1060-A” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred
that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not
split a submission between email and regular post) to:

Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Africa Advocacy Director Ref AFR-11-1060-A)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Fax: (212) 736-1300


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